Vigil for young black man killed by Montreal police
More than 100 people joined the family of Nicholas Gibbs for a march through the streets of N.D.G. Sunday.
The group held banners that read "Justice pour Nicholas Gibbs" with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
The 23-year-old was shot and killed by Montreal police officers on August 21. His family is now suing the City of more than $1 million in damages.
The protestors began at Trenholme Park and, being led by Nicholas' mother Erma and other family members, then made their way along several streets chanting "no justice, no peace," before ultimately coming to a stop at the corners of Montclair Ave. and de Maisonneuve Blvd., the spot of the fatal shooting, where they held a moment of silence.
Many on hand expressed their concern with what they called systemic racism within the Montreal police force and compared Gibbs' death to those of Pierre Coriolan and Alain Magloire, two other black men killed by Montreal police in similar circumstances.
There were also calls for the officers involved to face charges.
"There's a real sense of frustration of police impunity," One protestor told CTV Montreal. "But there's also a real sense of hope that things are going to change, and the people who came out for the vigil are here because we want to make a change."